It is Christmas again, and this special time of the year where houses, streets and shops have that distinct Christmassy smell and feel to them. No wonder, as in our brains smell is closely connected to memory and emotions: incoming aromas are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. There it is directly affiliated with the amygdala and hippocampus, two brain areas which are essential for us to be able to memorise and to be attached. In addition, in Naturopathy, aroma oils work strong against bacterias and viruses and tackle infections quite well. They balance hormones and boost the immune system. Respiratory and intestinal tract widely benefit from aromatic oils.
Christmas herbs and oils used in Naturopathy
Anise (Pimpinelle anisum) for example, which is often used in Christmas baked goods, improves the mobility of the cilia in the bronchioles and can knock out bacterias.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), also called “Flowers of Gods”, is a very strong antibacterial drug too. In naturopathy it is directly applied, the oil numbs the mucosal lining in your mouth. It might be a good idea to use it locally in times of tooth aches or painful inflammation in the mouth. But be careful. You would be dealing with a potent essential oil; before applying directly on the mucosa, I would recommend diluting it with water. Not only does this oil have physical application, but also emotional ones. It lifts our spirits, is stimulating and vitalising.
Another Christmassy aroma is cinnamon. Whenever I smell the scent of cinnamon tree bark, even living in the tropics, it would immediately create the homely feeling of a cosy and warm room on a cold, wintery evening. But in addition to its Christmas nostalgia, cinnamon oil also works powerfully against bacteria and enhances our immune system. Moreover, applying it to Naturopathy it also increases the motility of the stomach and makes the juices flow.
The mandarin tree (Citrus reticulate) is another aroma which I would always connect to wintertime and Christmas. It stimulates immunity, increases the blood circulation and boosts the lymphatic circulation. It improves our mood and highly enough dosed reduces anxiety, but also promotes sleep.
And who doesn’t feel like Christmas when the aroma of pine reaches the nasal cavity. Nearly immediately my mood improves. Respiratory issues are no problem for pine oil, arthritis or arthrosis – it is worth it to give pine a try.
Aroma oils are a broad field and hold many positive effects in place with little to no side effects. Please contact our naturopathic doctors at Robinson Road or Guthrie House if you want to know more about the benefits essential oils or naturopathy.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
About the author
Dr. Sabine Schellerer, naturopathic doctor, PhD Human Biology, PGDAM Alternative Medicine, MS Pharmaceutical Sciences.
One of Dr.Sabine’s key approaches in her therapy is basic therapy (Detoxifocation, Drainage, Acid-Alkaline Balance). She uses therapeutic methods such as Homoeopathy, Tissue Salts and Biological Medicines.